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Myanmar singer-cum-actress Chit Thu Wai has arrived in New York, to join events during the Nations General Assembly week.
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The United Nations has issued a directive to its staff restricting travel to Burma during the election period, citing possible disruptions. (more…)

The UN refugee agency’s goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie Pitt has urged the people of Burma to check voter lists and ensure their right to vote is exercised at the general election in November.
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Myanmar’s forests are in trouble. Two recent reports reveal the rapid loss of tree cover over the past five years has been so severe Myanmar ranks among the worst for deforestation in the world.
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Burma’s President Thein Sein meets with an ethnic delegation tomorrow for talks that could shape the country’s future. However, several important issues remain unresolved or uncertain.

DVB speaks with Vijay Nambiar, the Special Adviser on Myanmar to the UN Secretary-General, who has sat in as an official observer on ceasefire talks, and asks him his opinions on whether the much-anticipated Nationwide Ceasefire agreement, or NCA, will ultimately prove successful.
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Oscar-winning actor and U.N. goodwill ambassador Forest Whitaker urged world lawmakers on Monday to speak out to help former child soldiers in Uganda, South Sudan and Myanmar, gang members in Mexico and the United States, and orphans in Syria and other countries.
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The Assistant Secretary-General for Crisis Response in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ms Izumi Nakamitsu and her team of UNDP delegates met with representatives of the local media on 26 August. The round-table discussion comes as the response to the countries flood crisis enters its second phase; commencing long term recovery efforts to flood devastated areas where flood waters have receded substantially.
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A fresh surge of refugees and migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh is expected to set out in smugglers’ rickety boats for southeast Asia when the monsoon season ends in about a month, the United Nations said on Friday.
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U.S. Ambassador Derek Mitchell, joined by USAID Mission Director Chris Milligan, visited Sittwe and Mrauk-U on August 19-21 according to a statement from the U.S. Embassy dated 24 August.
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UNESCO in Myanmar teamed up with the Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO) to address a hate speech issue, according to a press release out on August 21.
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The Myanmar Parliament’s passage of two bills targeting religious minorities constitutes an attack on religious freedom and threatens to stoke inter-communal tensions and violence less than three months ahead of critical general elections, said ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR).
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Flooding and landslides caused by monsoon rains and the tail end of Cyclone Komen since last month killed 103 people and affected nearly 1.3 million people in Myanmar, a senior government official said on Thursday, RFA reported on 13 August.
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Burma’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs lashed out on Thursday against “a wide range of allegations” made by UN rights rapporteur Yanghee Lee.
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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will raise the issue of the Rohingya Muslim genocide in Myanmar at the United Nations during its upcoming General Assembly session according to a report on the aaj.tv website on 11 August.
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UN special rapporteur Yanghee Lee concluded her third official visit to Myanmar on a cautionary note, urging the government to “reconsider” intolerance of critical voices ahead of November’s general election.
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The Burmese government has placed prohibitive limits on the mandate of UN rights envoy Yanghee Lee during her third official visit to the country, the special rapporteur told reporters on Friday at the tail end of a five-day fact finding mission.
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The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is supporting the Myanmar government and its civil society partners to respond to the devastating impacts of flooding and landslides triggered by Cyclone Komen.
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UN rights envoy Yanghee Lee visited flood-stricken Pegu Division on Wednesday to meet with activists who have been jailed there since a police crackdown on student protests earlier this year.
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UN human rights envoy to Burma, Yanghee Lee, is currently in the country for her third official visit since assuming the role in June 2014.
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The top representative for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Myanmar has reminded candidates from more than 80 political parties running in historic elections 99 days from today, “to make new commitments for children” and to improve spending for health, education and social welfare which remains the lowest in the Southeast Asian region, the UN News Centre reported on 4 August. (more…)

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